“Also, we have had very serious problems with Christians who are being murdered in Nigeria. We are going to be working on that problem very, very hard because we cannot allow that to happen,” US President, Donald Trump, said Monday.
He was reacting to the recent killing of Christians in Nigeria, where hundreds of them have been killed in Benue and other states
He promised the visiting Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari that he’d be ready to partner Nigeria to finding a lasting solution to the problem.
Both leaders met at Oval Office in the White House, Washington, D.C.
“We have met before, we have a great relationship. I look forward to our discussion today again, especially as it relates to terrorism. Terrorism here, terrorism all over the world is a hotbed and we are going to be stopping them.
“Also, we have had very serious problems with Christians who are being murdered in Nigeria. We are going to be working on that problem very, very hard because we cannot allow that to happen,” he said.
Trump asked the visiting president Buhari and how his government was handling the issue of the abducted Chibok and Dapchi girls.
Responding, Buhari said his government hasn’t given up and would continue to push for the release of the remaining girls in Boko Haram captivity.
“Chibok girls’ kidnap was before we came. We rescued some of them.
“The Dapchi girls were 106, we rescued 100 back, four died, one is still in captivity. We are very grateful to the United Nations that is acting as a go-between and is helping out. We have not given up on the Dapchi girl,” Buhari said.
I had a very productive meeting with President Trump today at the White House. Key issues discussed: Security, Anti-Corruption, Trade, Human Rights, Humanitarian
Read my speeches here:
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— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) April 30, 2018
Buhari, once again insisted that the crisis caused by the formerLibyan leader Muamma Ghadafi was responsible for herdsmen killings.
It’s not the first time Buhari would be attributing crisis in Nigeria to the late Libya leader.
“I am very grateful to the United States for agreeing to sell to us the aircraft we asked for and the spare parts.
“We are even more grateful for the physical presence of the United States military who are training in our institutions and who also go to the front in the North East to see how they are doing.
“The commitment of the United States to get rid of terrorism across the world, we have first hand experience of that and we are very grateful for it.
“The problem of cattle herders is a very long historical problem. What is of a concern is that before now the Nigerian herders are known to carry sticks and machetes and cut follies for their animals but these ones are carrying AK 47.
“So I don’t think we should underrate Libya, 43 years of Gaddafi people were being recruited from the Sahel and people were being killed. With his demise, they moved from their country and their region with their training and their weapons and that is what aggravated the situation.
“We are doing our best to make ensure we stop the cross border movement and so on. It will take time.
“We are happy with the United States trying to see the end of ISIS. This has helped us a lot because the Boko Haram in Nigeria had one time made a statement that they belong to ISIS.
“Now that ISIS has been virtually gone we are very happy with that. We are stabilising the situation in Nigeria.”
Expected to top agenda of the meeting is the order of fighter jets by Nigeria from the United States , which has generated criticisms from lawmakers and Nigerians.
They accused the president of dipping his hands into a federal purse without the approval of the National Assembly.
Some lawmakers have called for his impeachment.